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Frankie Dettori - Santa Anita - Oct 2008

Frankie Dettori: jockey given six-month riding ban for failed drugs test

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Dettori gets six-month worldwide ban

FRANKIE DETTORI says he "fully accepts" the findings of a disciplinary panel after being banned from riding for six months by French racing's authorities following a positive test for a banned substance at Longchamp on September 16.

The suspension, which will inevitably be reciprocated throughout the racing world, is timed to take effect from November 20, the date of Dettori's original hearing in front of a medical commission, who subsequently suspended the 41-year-old's licence.

That means the now-freelance Dettori will be cleared to resume riding on May 19 2013 and means he will be eligible for both the Epsom Derby meeting and Royal Ascot.

Dettori will have to provide fresh samples to a doctor authorised by the French medical commission next April before his medical suspension can be lifted.

The jockey's solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement shortly after 11am.

"France Galop have today announced their finding Frankie Dettori has committed a breach of their rules relating to prohibited substances," said Stewart-Moore.

"I have spoken to Frankie since the announcement was made and he has told me he fully accepts France Galop's decision.

"He also accepts that he has let down the sport he loves and all those associated with it, as well as the wider public.

"But most of all, and this is his greatest regret, he has let down his wife and children."

The three-time champion jockey gave evidence to the initial hearing of the independently convened medical commission by phone on November 20, after which his case was referred to the France Galop stewards for disciplinary action.

Commenting on the case, Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: "As in any walk of life jockeys will make mistakes.  Frankie Dettori has made such a mistake and accepted the consequences of it, and if he needs any support the PJA and Injured Jockeys Fund between them can provide that.

"Jockeys in Britain are subjected to regular testing and, from 2,607 in-competition urine tests and 3,697 breath tests since 2005, there is no evidence to suggest that there is a fundamental drug problem with jockeys. 0.3 per cent of urine tests were positive for drugs and 0.2 per cent of both urine and breath tests were positive for alcohol."

Jamie Stier, director of raceday operations and regulation at the BHA, issued a brief statement: “We are aware that a six- month suspension has been imposed on Frankie Dettori by France Galop after a positive test for a banned substance.

"As is routine if requested by France Galop we will reciprocate this ban, though Dettori of course first has the right to appeal this suspension.”

 
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